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    Hello...

    I had the worst night last night after day 1 of primal eating. I am just wondering if someone can direct me to info about the carb flu symptoms or discuss them with me here. I didn't sleep all night (normally have no trouble), I itched like crazy all over, I felt foggy and light headed, and I had restless leg syndrome (not too unusual for me--but worse last night then usual), a stomach ache and burping a lot. I tossed and turned all night! Just wondering what some of the commom symptoms are...

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    hey healthy11.

    I've been doing this for 15 days now. My symptoms were not quite as bad, but I did have trouble sleeping, kind of achy muscle wise and had a mild, constant headache for about 8 or 9 days. Your body is ridding itslef toxins, its basically going through withdrawl of the sugar, the glutens, all the fake stuff you have been eating. so I was told, I was alos told to tought it out for 2 weeks and I should be gold. I did and on or around day 11 I started feeling great.

    Just hang in there friend.
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    • #3
      I had the same thing happen to me. I couldn't sleep and tossed and turned all night. Before PB I never had problems sleeping. That was the worst. I also had flu like symptoms on the 4th day. Achy, weak, general feeling like crap. But my flu didn't last very long. And as for the insomnia, that went away too, but I still don't sleep as deep as I use to. I seem to wake up in the middle of the night more often and still do a little tossing and turning, but not as much. But I still feel rested when I wake up. I'm going to start taking magnesium supplements to see if that helps...seems to be the advice I see everywhere on this forum.

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      • #4
        Man, I didn't believe all of you about this carb flu thing, because for the first day and half or so, I felt perfectly normal. Then I went to work out last night after almost 3 days of Primal eating, and it was just ridiculously bad. I was doing my usual workout, only moving more slowly than I used to, and I felt like I could barely finish (even going at a walking pace with no resistance on the elliptical machine). Then today I could hardly get up the stairs at my train stop! I don't really feel achy, just... like I have the lethargy of the flu (without all the other horrible symptoms, luckily). David_DC, I'm glad to hear that this should be over soon!

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        • #5
          Hello Kaytoo!

          well, Today is one of the bad days. Not too terrible, just a slight headache and slight body ache. I'm told by my friends who have been doing this for a1year and 2 years respectively that this could last as much as 6 weeks, but usually between 2 to 4 depending on how much processed garbage you had been eating before you started. I ate a lot of processed garbage haha. But the good days definitely outnumber the bad days, and usually the next day I feel fine. Just hang in there =)
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          • #6
            Sorry to hear you're not feeling well today, David! I was curious about what the party line is on painkillers, since I'm starting to get a little bit of the achiness, so I found the MDA post on natural painkiller alternatives. I'm thinking I might also be adding Magnesium to my drug store shopping list, in addition to the Omega-3s and Vitamin D that I already need to buy. Also, ginger! I am sensing some ginger beef in my future.

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            • #7
              Today is day 3 and I woke up feeling great!! My diet was actually really clean before this - except for grains, so I am hoping I won't have any more carb flu, but who knows!

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              • #8
                Good luck!

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                • #9
                  I have had mild symptoms. When dabbled eating primally a couple of weeks ago, I super lethargic. I mean I would just come home have every intention to do something useful and somehow would find myself on my bed passed out. Other than that I was fine. Now that I am re-doing the whole primal thing, I have a bit of trouble sleeping and my body feels tired when I try to exert myself. I thought perhaps I wasn't eating enough calories and it could still be the case, but know I know that it also could be the carb flu.
                  You don't have to be sick to get well

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                  • #10
                    I searched the word "symptoms" and found this thread because I've been feeling horrible the past week as well and I'm hoping some senior members can shed some light on this. I've been eating primal for a couple of months with dairy but cut the dairy a couple of weeks ago after not seeing results. Last week I think I started to go into ketosis since I started peeing a lot and finally I started dropping weight.

                    The past few days I've been experiencing horrible pain down the backs of my legs from my butt to my ankles. It seems to get worse at night and in the early morning. My appetite has dropped considerably (I suppose this is a good thing) as well. I read something about potassium being low so I've been drinking electrolyte enhanced water but that doesn't seem to help much.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BostonLisa View Post
                      I searched the word "symptoms" and found this thread because I've been feeling horrible the past week as well and I'm hoping some senior members can shed some light on this. I've been eating primal for a couple of months with dairy but cut the dairy a couple of weeks ago after not seeing results. Last week I think I started to go into ketosis since I started peeing a lot and finally I started dropping weight.

                      The past few days I've been experiencing horrible pain down the backs of my legs from my butt to my ankles. It seems to get worse at night and in the early morning. My appetite has dropped considerably (I suppose this is a good thing) as well. I read something about potassium being low so I've been drinking electrolyte enhanced water but that doesn't seem to help much.
                      Take a potassium supplement for a while. The Drs. Eades recommend 99mgx300 (I think; that's what I took for a while when I started) because when you drop weight, a lot of it is water, and it takes the salts (including the good salts like potassium) RIGHT out of your body, and then you get cramps. I routinely take 2 99mg potassium caplets each night with the rest of my vites and meds to prevent the cramps.
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                      • #12
                        I got a super sore throat and sinus infection that went away quickly. I then wasn't able to sleep well at all! Then on the fourth day I sort of had an emotional breakdown I haven't ever seen in myself--just crying about everything. It almost made me stop this...but I thought maybe it's the not sleeping or part of the carb flu? Still not sleeping great but sleeping much better. I don't feel tired. I feel a little wired. But I know I am tired. I feel sort of weepy underneath it all. This is probably only day 6 of this process for me. Though I am gluten and dairy free already.

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                        • #13
                          In addition to potassium and magnesium supplements, you might also need more sodium. I have been really struggling with the electrolytes in this, my 5th week and the potassium and magnesium helped a little bit, but not enough. I still had jimmy-legs and even worse jimmy-arms plus nightly leg cramps and a strange taste in my mouth. Pouring salt in my hand and licking it off really helped one day so I'm trying to force myself to add extra salt to my food or just lick a little off my hand. I'm making some bone marrow broth right now for the coming week, too. Hopefully that will also help.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • #14
                            Sorry to revive a zombie thread, but I'd like to record my experience here.

                            I've been on very low carb for 2 or 3 days (<25g carb, a la Atkins Induction) and lowish carb for a few days before.
                            My idea was to enter ketosis as a way of jump starting the low carb metabolism.
                            My ketostix went deep purple yesterday afternoon, and I began to feel a little crappy.

                            Last night I came down with severe flu symptoms, very thirsty, urinating a LOT, very disoriented... I felt like I had been poisoned or drugged, really strange feeling. I thought that I actually had flu (felt so similar to the swine flu I had a few years back), but at the same time I experienced huge detox effects (I used to detox with psyllium husks and turmeric before, so i recognise the signs)... skin feeling and looking clear/light, very clear eyesight, tongue clearing of coating, change in breathing (don't know how to describe that!)... very intense.

                            The worst was over in an hour or so, then I just felt a bit woozy and energised.

                            I done the worst thing then of course, and had a few (well,many!) beers which jumped my carb load.

                            Anyway, back on track today, and planning to keep up the ketogenic diet for a few days, then gradually increasing my carb intake to the <100 range.

                            EDIT: I read somewhere on this forum that the low-carb flu might be caused by dying microbes releasing toxins or something? I've lived with GI-related auto-intoxication issues for years, and have recently given up gluten, which I think maybe the culprit. Maybe I have a lot of residual microbes, hence the massive flu/detox response? Just a thought.

                            Thanks for reading
                            Last edited by Sean; 12-09-2012, 01:33 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Hey guys! Ive been primal eating, on and off for a few months now. I guess you could call it 80/20? I was wondering if any have had symptoms of hunger? I will just eat and be hungry 10 minutes later. I guess it could also be seen as just feeling weak. I have not really had any other symptoms other than that. I was not sure if this is seen as a symptom or that maybe I'm just not eating enough?

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